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Jewish New Year Observances Announced

Students and members of the Geneva community are invited to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5771. The Jewish holiday marks the beginning of the 10-day observance of the High Holy Days according to the Hebrew calendar. 

The Abbe Center for Jewish Life and HWS Hillel will host a festive meal at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Abbe Center located at 764 South Main Street. The holiday observance will continue at 8 p.m. with services at Temple Beth-El, located directly across the street from the Abbe Center.

Morning services will commence at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth-El on Thursday, Sept. 9. Tashlich, a symbolic casting away of sin into a body of water, will be observed at Geneva Lakefront Park at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

On Friday, Sept. 10 there will be a Shabbat dinner at the Abbe Center beginning at 6 p.m.  Temple Beth-El will hold a Rosh Hashanah service at 7 p.m., followed immediately by Shabbat Shuvah services at 8 p.m. 

The Jewish High Holidays conclude with the observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This somber day of fasting and reflection will begin with a 6 p.m. pre-fast dinner on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Abbe Center. 

Kol Nidre services will begin at 7 p.m. that evening followed by a full day of Yom Kippur services and programs at Temple Beth-El on Saturday, Sept. 18.  A Break Fast will take place at 7 p.m. that evening at the synagogue, immediately following the conclusion of services.

HWS students can obtain free tickets for holiday services at Temple Beth-El by contacting Lorinda Weinstock,, ext. 3385. To reserve a space for holiday or Shabbat dinners at the Abbe Center, students should email

Community members can contact Temple Beth-El’s new Rabbi, Rabbi David Reiner at the Temple, 315-789-2945, for more information and to obtain tickets for services.